ICE May House Undocumented Immigrants in Private Prisons

Private detention facilities in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas may soon be used to house undocumented immigrants, despite an announcement by the Washington-based U.S. Justice Department in August to phase out its use of private prisons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently seeking to house approximately 5,000 additional undocumented individuals, as the movement of immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.

Q&A: Inside the Planning of New Institutions Training

By Lindsey Coulter
The Planning of New Institutions (PONI) training program hosted throughout the year by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) offers an in-depth look at the planning and preparation needed to ensure a successful correctional construction project.

Justice For Vets Expands Veterans Treatment Courts

Alexandria-headquartered Justice For Vets recently announced that the number of Veterans Treatment Courts across the nation increased by 28 percent between 2013 and 2014, with hundreds more in the planning stages.

Audit Finds NDPS Built Oversized, Overpriced Jails

A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit reported released in late September that the Navajo Nation in Window Rock spent $30 million more than necessary to build two oversized jails.

Department of Labor Funds Correctional Employment Centers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced earlier this month it has funded $10 million in grants for projects in 20 communities in 14 states to provide comprehensive pre-release services to inmates as well as ongoing support as they re-enter their communities.

Tackling Issues: Designing Facilities for the Mentally Ill

By Daniel R. Rowe
With dwindling options for state-level mental health treatment, county jails are managing a population of inmates that they are often ill equipped to handle. According to the Department of Justice’s 2006 Special Report, 64 percent of those being held in local jails had a mental illness, up from 16 percent in 1998.

National Study Sheds Light on Inmate Health

Roughly 40 percent of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition, according to the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey released in January from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Seeks to Refurbish Mental Health Care

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is looking to make changes within their detention facilities for the well-being of mentally ill or unstable inmates.

A Model for Restorative Justice in America

By Mark A. Beardemphl, AIA, Principal, KMB design groups, inc. p.s.
Midway through the schematic design for the new Nisqually Public Safety Complex, I experienced a “wow moment.” I realized that our client, the Nisqually Tribal Police and Corrections Departments, practiced a remarkably successful form of restorative justice.

DOJ Launches Crime Solutions Site

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has launched a new website designed to provide credible resources to practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.